More than 70 CAFOD volunteers gathered together in early September for a day of reflection and prayer. The day explored the journey of CAFOD’s work over the past 50 years, from CAFOD’s origins in responding to a food crisis in Dominica to the present focus on worldwide hunger, and illuminating the scripture and teachings that form the foundation of CAFOD’s mission.
Led by Liam Hayes of CAFOD’s theology team, the day featured a personal narrative from Fr Augusto Zampini-Davies of his experiences in working with CAFOD in Zimbabwe. He spoke of how, in spite of poverty, disease, and other obstacles, people greeted him with genuine smiles, and made the time to dance, sing, love, laugh, and above all, live.
During the day, volunteers were invited to “walk” with Winfreda and Gift, members of a family whom CAFOD helped in Zambia. The time spent reflecting on their story helped attendees to understand many of the causes of the poverty, and especially how, through supporting CAFOD they could meet both the immediate and long term needs of a community. During Mass at the conclusion of the day, Bishop John Arnold invited volunteers to recommit themselves to CAFOD’s work for the next 50 years, and to live in solidarity with others overseas so that everyone might have the opportunity to live life to the fullest.
“[The day] was a very special time for myself,” said Lauri Clarke, a CAFOD volunteer from Edmonton, “Thought provoking, spiritually stimulating, and yet restful.”
“I felt great empathy for Winfreda and her family” said Camilla de Winton, a CAFOD volunteer in Our Lady of Dolours, Chelsea.
“May the inspiration take root, flourish, and yield a good harvest!”
We invite you this Harvest to make a place at your table for people like Winfreda and Gift, so that together, we might make a world where all of us have enough to eat. The support you give to CAFOD this Harvest will help give some of the world’s poorest communities the help they need to make their way out of poverty.